ISLAMABAD: Thousands of lucky faithful would start observing Aitekaf across the country’s mosques from Wednesday afternoon (20th of Ramzan-ul-Mubarak) with the hope to seek blessings of Allah Almighty and fulfilling Sunnah of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sallalah o Alaihalae Waalaihe Wasalam). On Wednsedy evening, the faithful are set to go into voluntary spiritual retreat (Aitekaf) at secluded corners of Masajid for ten days and end it after sighting of Eid moon.
Men observe Aitkaf in small cubicles, set up by hanging large cloth sheets inside Masajid, whereas women observe at any corner or quite place in the house which is not frequently visited by others.
Aitkaf is to spend last ten days of Ramazan in prayers to seek forgiveness and blessings of Allah Almighty, without leaving the worship place even once.
Hundreds of worshippers remained stationed at Masajid for 10 consecutive days in connection with performing this religious duty called ‘Aitekaf.’
According to Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sallalah o Alaihalae Waalaihe Wasalam), ?The person, who secludes himself in true faith and hope (for the reward of Allah), all of his previous sins shall be forgiven.?
Aitekaf sitting carries a multitude of blessings of the Allah Almighty.
Mosques in the Federal Capital used to allocate places to the worshippers on the first come first served basis because of an ever increasing number of those willing to observe Aitekaf.
This year, 1650 faithful from twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad would observe Aitekaf at Faisal Mosque. The management has made special arrangements to impart them education about ‘Fiqhai’ problems besides lectures from religious scholars to the Moatakifeen (Aitekaf observers).
The administrations of mosques in collaboration with philanthropists made sufficient Sehri and Iftar arrangements for their guests .
An Aitekaf observer should busy oneself with the beneficial as much as one meaningfully can, such as: voluntary prayer; reciting the Book of Allah, with reflection, contemplation, and passion remembrance of Allah, in all its forms; gaining beneficial knowledge, and listening to inspiring religious discourses.